Many years ago, I realized that I was not making a difference in peoples’ lives, so I earned a degree as a special educator. My work since has involved the use of computers to help students learn. As a learning specialist supporting clients worldwide who were seeking materials to help their struggling and dyslexic readers, I became aware of the imminent need for highly trained professionals to reach people, especially in underserved areas. This birthed my online tutoring and mentoring business. I know first-hand the pain, stigma, and challenges that learning differences can bring to a person’s daily life. Having struggled with a lifetime of learning differences that affected my ability to read, write, spell, and process information, I can understand my students’ struggles.
To ensure that I was providing the best interventions available, I became trained and certified at the Associate Level by the Orton-Gillingham Academy (previously known as the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators). My background and training give me the incentive to leave no stone unturned in my effort to help students find the right tools to use as they acquire new knowledge.
Even if their reading challenges are paired with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), processing disorders, writing difficulties, or memory challenges, I work to accommodate them. Since 2001, I have delivered over 5,000 hours of online reading tutoring, 2,000 hours of which was using the Orton-Gillingham Approach.